Obituaries for Oct. 19, 2011

By Baker City Herald October 19, 2011 05:28 pm

George Hendriksen
George J. Hendriksen, 84, of Boise and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 11, 2011, at his home, peacefully of natural causes.
His graveside funeral was Oct. 15 at Cloverdale Memorial Park. George was born on July 5, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis., to George W. and Bertha Hendriksen, soon after they immigrated from Holland and Belgium. He spent most of his childhood being reared in Milwaukee and Nebraska before moving to Baker. He spent his teen years in Baker and then served two years, 1946-47, in the U.S. Army. He met Beverly Y. Haskins of Baker and they were married on May 16, 1948. They were happily married for close to 60 years.
Our father is our hero, and will be such a void that can never be replaced, his family said. He is the man we most want to emulate, his values, his beliefs, be the man, and father of our children, and his grandkids.
The great memories that he leaves us with, of the countless hunting, fishing and outdoor excursions, memories of living in the great sate of Idaho, we shall always cherish. The deer and elk hunting trips to Grand Jean on horseback, the deer hunts, on Honda Trail 90s, via Warm Springs and Willow Creek. The hunts in the Owyhees, Those one-on-one times he spent with us, on top of a mountain, fishing on the South Fork of the Boise, in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, rafting with his boys on the South Fork in the canyon, long before it was trendy. Pheasant hunting at Homedale, bird dogging with our black Lab, Coalie, duck hunting at Parma, trolling countless hours at Anderson Ranch, Little Camas, Cascade, and Magic Reservoirs, all magical memories. Our father raised us, with so little, yet he gave us so much, we don't know he and our beloved mother made our lives so rich. He always had time for us in his busy schedule, for all of us; if we needed him he was there, giving his undivided attention.
He was our special spectator, sitting on the sidelines at all our Optimist, junior and high school football games. Because of his dreams and courage, he planted the seed for a business in 1970 that evolved into three successful family businesses, which his sons and grandchildren all enjoy comfortable livelihoods from today. He was always there, ready to offer support to all of us, until his last day on this Earth. His desire to be reunited with Mom is now complete. You will be so missed, Dad, we love, and will miss you forever!
George was preceded in death by his beloved wife Beverly, and by his parents.
He is survived by four sons: Robert, Gary, Donald and Mike; two daughters-in-law, Cindy and Chris; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Audrey Magill of Baker City; his brother and his wife, Bob and Nita Hendriksen of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.
To share memories with the family please visit George’s memorial webpage at

Stephen Draper
Stephen Franklin Draper, 91, of Baker City, known as “Dynamite” to his friends, died Oct. 15, 2011, at his home.
His graveside funeral, with military honors, will be Friday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. A gathering will follow at the home of Stephen L. Draper, 669 N.E. Fifth, in Pilot Rock.
Mr. Draper was born March 30, 1920, at Hyannis, Neb., to Ira and Myrtle (Lester) Draper. He was raised in Nebraska where his parents owned the T Cross cattle ranch, and at age 12 his family purchased a small farm and moved to Eastern Colorado. The family worked hard in the “Dust Bowl” and through the Great Depression and then owned a business for a short time in Denver. He worked on some ranches in both Montana and Wyoming before landing in the San Francisco shipyards before being drafted into the service.
He served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater. After the service he logged for a time in Milton-Freewater. On Sept. 10, 1957, he married Ramona “Sue” Fick in Winnemucca, Nev. He then worked in construction for Dick Rush in Enterprise before starting his own rock-drilling and blasting company, Draper Construction, which he operated for 30 years. He worked in most of the counties in Eastern Oregon and lived wherever his work took him before settling his family on a small cattle ranch in Pilot Rock.
While in Pilot Rock he was a member of the VFW. He moved to Elko, Nev., for 14 years where he and his wife, Sue, had many adventures traveling and fishing throughout the state, before moving Baker City in 2000.
“Dynamite” made friends easily, had a wonderful sense of humor and adventure, and was known for his integrity. He was the son of world famous cowboy, Ira “Spotted Wolf” Draper, who held title of World’s Best Bronc Rider, and performed with the famed “Wild Bill’s 101 Show” as a trick rider and roper. His friend Walter Brennan persuaded him into starring in movies, which he did for a while before moving the family to the cattle ranch in Nebraska.
Mr. Draper was preceded in death his parents and by three sisters: Grace Spears, Juanita Thompson and Betty Jean Calvert.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue Draper of Baker City; children, Karen Ledbetter of Baker City, Stephen L. Draper of Pilot Rock, Zane Draper of Pilot Rock, and Trudy L. Draper-Jessen of Pilot Rock; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart & Home Hospice, Ideal Partners, or Guardian Home Care all of Baker City.
Please sign the condolence book at
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

Orman Bieber
Orman W. “O.W.” Bieber, 90, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 10, 2011.
There will be a memorial service at a later date in Baker City.
O.W. was born April 30, 1921, at Baker City to George F. and Petra (Rasmussen) Bieber.
He married Olive D. Bieber in Vancouver, Wash., on Jan. 13, 1944.  They were married for 64 years.
O.W. was a farmer in Eastern Oregon for 18 years. He had 200 cows and raised around 24 horses. He and his family moved to Mossyrock, Wash., in 1957, where he worked for Tidewater Oil Distribution. In 1963 he moved his family to Port Angeles, Wash., to start Bieber Trucking & Logging. He had five trucks and a small logging operation.
After retiring from his logging business in 1982, he then went to work as security for the Port of Port Angeles for the next 14 years, before retiring in 1995.
He loved to hunt and fish, take his wife traveling the Northwest, to Pondosa and on various cruises.  He made frequent yearly trips to Eastern Oregon to visit family and take care of grazing land. He loved spending hours working on his trucks, projects and inventions.  He rarely had an idle day, only to travel, but that’s what kept him going for all of these years.
He was a lifetime member of the Baker City Elks Lodge No. 338 (56 years), Baker City Museum and Interpretive Center covered wagon days. Also in Oregon, he belonged to the NRA, Medical Springs Grange 6th degree, and Sumpter Valley Railroad. He also served in World War II as a patrol leader.
O.W. was preceded in death by his wife, Olive, who died on her birthday, Sept. 7, 2005; his father,  George F. Bieber; his mother, Petra Bieber; and good friend/hunting buddy/brother in-law, Phil Colton, all of Baker City.
He is survived by his son, James, Bieber and his wife, Lynne, of Hamilton, Mont.; his daughter, Sandra Cross and her husband, Larry, of Tacoma, Wash.; four granddaughters: his caregiver, DeAnna Stossel and her husband, Ray, of Port Angeles,  Dannielle Polly and her husband, Todd, of Port Angeles, and Ramona and Tara Bieber of Bend; six great-grandchildren; his brother, George Bieber and his wife, Leila, of Spokane, Wash.; his  sister, Eloise Colton of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the American Diabetes or Heart Association.